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Rand: Favorite jerseys spotted at Target Field

  • July 16, 2014 - 5:11 AM

The Star Tribune found fans wearing jerseys from all 30 teams during the All-Star festivities. We also found tons of Twins jerseys as well as others representing the biggest stars from the most popular teams. But four fans at Tuesday’s All-Star Game stood out for their particularly unusual jerseys, and we caught up with them:

Chris Moe, Sioux Falls, S.D.: It’s unusual to hail from the Midwest and wind up a Padres fan, but that’s Moe’s story.

“I’ve just been a Padres fan ever since I was a little kid,” he said. “I had to have my own team instead of the team everyone else had.”

Moe was sporting an old-school brown Padres Tony Gwynn jersey — in part a tribute to his favorite team, and in part a tribute to Gwynn, the Hall of Famer who died last month.

“It’s been a hard year for San Diego fans,” Moe said. “I had my white [Gwynn jersey] on yesterday and my brown one on today.”

Andy Devine, Chanhassen: It’s not uncommon to find fans wearing jerseys featuring Pete Rose, baseball’s all-time hits leader. But Devine was rocking a Rose jersey from the Expos — where he played part of just one season.

“I thought it would be cool to have something unique,” Devine said.

Mission accomplished, although not without some serious thought put into his All-Star attire.

“I have a couple other jerseys — Nolan Ryan, Roberto Clemente,” he said. “But I thought Pete Rose would be the most unique.”

Luke Winchell, Cannon Falls: The jersey is real, even if the player is fictional. Winchell dusted off his Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn No. 99 Indians jersey for the All-Star Game.

Vaughn, of course, was played by Charlie Sheen in the classic baseball comedy “Major League.” Winchell was at the game with several town ball teammates from Cannon Falls, one of whom persuaded him to wear the jersey.

“I was going to wear one of my town team shirts,” Winchell said, “but he talked me into it and I figured I would get some compliments on it.”

Mitch Engel, Maple Grove: I only saw one fan in the entire ballpark wearing a Miami jersey, and it was Engel in his Marlins attire with pitcher Jose Fernandez’s name on the back.

He said he and his family travel to Miami often for his sister’s volleyball tournaments, and he fell in love with the city and the team.

“I don’t know, man. They’re not the greatest team over the years, but I stuck with them,” Engel said.

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